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When I considered including a testimonals page on this site‚ I thought it would be a great opportunity to say thanks to all the staff involved in the adminstration‚ preparation and delivery of our events. The testimonals which follow are only some of the many correspondance I have received from both our corporate and private clients and are a tribute to the skill and dedication of the team. The comments are candid and are only abridged inasmuch as the more mudane business transaction comments such as "Please find enclosed..."‚ have been left out. But once again I say to the team " Well done. The accolades are deserved."
Derek A Smith

Birthday Celebration
“Please accept this note as a belated sign of our appreciation for the splendid meal you prepared for us for my wife's birthday.
It was the first time we had utilised outside caterers for a full four-course meal and you may recall, we did so for the comfort of our guests whose ages ranged from 20 months to 94 years. We are so glad that we did and you and your team took away all the pressure and effort of catering for 15 people. When we have mentioned what took place to our friends, they have all agreed what a great idea it was and I have recommended you in the strongest terms as the planning of the occasion was helpful, the service excellent and the food delicious. I would have no hesitation in utilising your services again. Many thanks.”
Phil McEntee

“We would just like to say a massive thank-you for the wonderful service provided throughout our Son’s Christening. The food was absolutely superb and the service provided on the day was impeccable‚ you really helped me and Stephen relax and enjoy the day ourselves. I am sure we will be using you again in the near future and we will certainly recommend you to all our friends and family. Once again many thanks.”
Louise Ormisher
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Royal Navy
“I write to thank you very much indeed for inviting me to a splendid lunch in the Town Hall on Tuesday. Alec produced a thoroughly delicious meal, beautifully served by your team, and it was good to be able to discuss a wide range of issues with you and Alan in such a delightfully relaxed and informal manner.”
Commodore J E V Madgwick OBE. Naval Regional Officer, Northern England, Royal Navy

 Lancashire Police Authority
“A brief note to place on record my thanks to you and your team for responding so positively and professionally to a request from my office, for a late lunch yesterday, owing to a meeting running overtime. The response time, and quality of the food was excellent, and your continued service is much appreciated.”
Brian Aldred, Chief Executive, Lancashire Police Authority

Andrew Flintoff Honorary Freedom Event
“May I personally thank you for your contribution to the organisation of the Andrew Flintoff Freeman celebrations on 20th January. It was a fantastic event for the whole city and has really raised Preston's profile. Andrew was clearly touched by the honour and impressed by the detailed planning and organisation that took place. It was a proud moment for us all and the city can look on it as a major success. Well done and thank you again.”
Yours sincerely‚
Jim Carr, Chief Executive, Preston City Council

Preston Mayor
“As we approach the end of a wonderful, extended, year I would like to thank you and your staff for all the catering you have undertaken both for myself as Mayor and the many engagements we attended where your culinary expertise was on display. Without exception the meals you have provided in my parlour have been excellent and have been widely complimented. Your pavlovas really are the best!!!! Once again, many many thanks to you and your colleagues.”
Councillor Neil Cartwright, The Right Worshipful Mayor of Preston

Private celebration
“So many people commented on the quality and service of the food, you really did help to make a wonderful day even more special. Please pass on our thanks to Alec and your staff and thank you also for your very helpful and professional approach.”
Eirian and Keith Molloy

Private party
“You will realise that the party was a great success when I tell you that guests arriving from 12.30pm finally departed at 7.30pm and in no small measure was this due to the splendid buffet you prepared. Everyone was most complimentary about the food and today just enough remained to make a lunch before our friends from Germany left and again commented how good it all was. Thank you for all the hard work, especially to you Alec.”
Lady Grenfell-Baines

Annual Dinner
“On behalf of the Bowling Section Committee, I thank you and your team for the excellent food and service provided at our Annual Dinner last Saturday. As you know I was unable to attend the dinner but everyone I have spoken to about the food and service, said it was excellent. In view of the numerous complimentary comments regarding the meal, I would like to book your services for next year, if that is possible. We plan to have our meal...”
Alan Hamilton, St Gregorys Bowling Section Committee
And a year later...“I can say at first hand that the whole meal was excellent and Derek and his team ensured that the meal was nice and hot when served; and the service was smooth and slick. My comments were echoed by all at the function. In view of the numerous complimentary comments regarding the meal...”
Alan Hamilton, St Gregorys Bowling Section Committee

Private event
“Many thanks for the buffet and all your care and attention which, as ever‚ was first rate.”
Esmie Grossman

Private celebration
“Thank you for providing the catering at my party on 29th December. The food was excellent‚ as commented by all my guests‚ and I must compliment you on the artistic presentation. All of which helped to make the party a huge success. I will be pleased to contact you again in the future when I arrange another party.
Thank you once again.”
Margaret Tattersall (Mrs)

Official Opening
“Thank you very much for the wonderful buffet and service on the day. Your contribution played a major part in making the official opening ceremony of Fulwood Court a huge success. We look forward to working with you again in the future.”
Angela Regan, EDS

Private event
“The food and service exceeded my expectations and all my guests were so enthusiastic. Thank you for the friendly and efficient service that your company offers. I will certainly use the company again.”
Shirley Piggott

Photographs on this website are real examples from Derek A Smith Associates
However they are indicative only and should not necessarily be considered accurate
to the food provided which may be subject to seasonal change and availability.

Derek A Smith Associates © 2008

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Wedding Reception
“We felt we must write to record our appreciation of the excellent meal and service with which you provided our guests at our daughter Sara’s Wedding Reception in Coniston. Since the Reception we have had nothing but praise from our guests for the food‚ its presentation and the helpful and charming manner in which it was served by your pleasant‚ friendly and polite members of staff. In short the Reception completed a perfect day.”
Tony and Jill Wadeson‚ Fulwood.

Private celebration
“What can I say! Thank you for everything - the food was terrific - the service superb! Thank you for making the day so special and so stress free.”
June Armstrong‚ Hutton.

Birthday celebration
“Re Birthday celebration ...We all enjoyed the food tremendously and the service given by Alec and Michelle was professionally executed and exceeded expectations. On discussions with our friends we all agree that we would have no hesitation in recommending your company (especially Alec and Michelle) for other party occasions or larger events.
Once again many thanks and have peaceful and prosperous years ahead.”
Alistair McCallum
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